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New Orleans Saints

Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Superdome | Coach: Sean Payton
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense2nd93.2 (24th)310.6 (1st)
Defense31st129.4 (28th)284.0 (30th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
88Allen, RaShaun TE6-42502/25/19902Southern University
42Anderson, James (FA) OLB6-22359/26/198311Virginia Tech
50Anthony, Stephone MLB6-22457/28/19922Clemson
72Armstead, Terron T6-53047/23/19914Arkansas-Pine Bluff
 Ballard, Vick RB5-102247/16/19904Mississippi State
 Bell, Vonn FS5-1119912/12/1994ROhio State
 Bell, Reggie WR5-112015/6/19921California-San Diego
40Breaux, Delvin CB6-119610/25/19892Louisiana State
9Brees, Drew QB6-02091/15/197916Purdue
 Brown, Austin NT6-22959/14/19912Miami (Ohio)
31Byrd, Jairus FS5-1020310/7/19868Oregon
38Cadet, Travaris RB6-12102/1/19895Appalachian State
 Carter, Tony DB5-91755/24/19867Florida State
16Coleman, Brandon WR6-62256/22/19922Rutgers
12Colston, Marques (FA) WR6-42256/5/198311Hofstra
10Cooks, Brandin WR5-101899/25/19933Oregon State
 Darby, Alden DB5-101926/22/19921Arizona State
95Davison, Tyeler DT6-23099/23/19922Fresno State
20Dixon, Brian DB6-01954/26/19903Northwest Missouri State
 Dixon, Brandon DB5-112034/26/19902Northwest Missouri State
47Drescher, Justin LS6-12351/1/19887Colorado
91Edebali, Kasim DE6-22538/17/19893Boston College
59Ellerbe, Dannell OLB6-124511/29/19858Georgia
71Eulls, Kaleb DT6-32856/28/19912Mississippi State
 Fairley, Nick DT6-43081/23/19886Auburn
 Fleener, Coby TE6-62519/20/19885Stanford
3Flynn, Matt (FA) QB6-22256/20/19859Louisiana State
5Forbath, Kai K5-111979/2/19875UCLA
18Grayson, Garrett QB6-22205/29/19912Colorado State
58Gwacham, Obum DE6-52463/20/19912Oregon State
 Harris, Erik DB6-32254/2/1990RCalifornia (PA)
 Harris, R.J. WR6-01946/3/19921New Hampshire
 Hightower, Tim RB6-02205/23/19865Richmond
89Hill, Josh TE6-52505/21/19904Idaho State
76Hills, Tony (FA) T6-530411/4/19848Texas
84Hoomanawanui, Michael TE6-42657/4/19887Illinois
97Hunt, Phillip DE6-12581/10/19864Houston
48Hunter, Kendall (FA) RB5-71999/16/19885Oklahoma State
22Ingram, Mark RB5-921512/21/19896Alabama
92Jenkins, John DT6-33597/11/19894Georgia
 Johnson, Austin FB6-22406/16/19893Tennessee
94Jordan, Cameron DE6-42877/10/19896California
65Kelemete, Senio G6-33005/10/19904Washington
44Kikaha, Hau'oli OLB6-32467/24/19922Washington
 Lasco, Daniel RB6-020710/9/1992RCalifornia
 Laurinaitis, James LB6-224812/3/19868Ohio State
68Lelito, Tim G6-43157/21/19894Grand Valley State
62Lemon, Cyril G6-33151/8/19931North Texas
21Lewis, Keenan CB6-12085/17/19868Oregon State
74Mabry, Ashaad DL6-331511/4/19921Texas-San Antonio
86Manhertz, Chris TE6-62354/10/19921Canisius
56Mauti, Michael OLB6-22431/19/19904Penn State
7McCown, Luke QB6-42177/12/198113Louisiana Tech
77McGlynn, Mike (FA) T6-43253/8/19858Pittsburgh
6Morstead, Thomas P6-42353/8/19868Southern Methodist
23Murphy, Marcus RB5-919510/3/19912Missouri
 Neal, Griffin QB6-4220//RConcordia (Minn.)
 Onyemata, David DT6-4300//RManitoba (Canada)
45Opurum, Toben RB6-125011/18/19901Kansas
30Owens, Chris (FA) DB5-918012/1/19868San Jose State
75Peat, Andrus G6-731611/4/19932Stanford
 Prater, Kyle WR6-52316/21/1992RNorthwestern
 Rankins, Sheldon DT6-13044/4/1994RLouisville
78Richardson, Bobby DE6-328611/20/19922Indiana
 Robertson, Craig LB6-12342/11/19885North Texas
33Sanford, Jamarca SS5-102008/27/19858Mississippi
 Scobee, Josh K6-12006/23/198212Louisiana Tech
83Snead, Willie WR5-1119510/17/19922Ball State
28Spiller, C.J. RB5-112008/5/19877Clemson
64Strief, Zach T6-73209/22/198311Northwestern
 Stupar, Nate LB6-22403/14/19883Penn State
27Swann, Damian CB6-018912/4/19922Georgia
 Tabb, Jack TE6-32507/29/19922North Carolina
 Thomas, Michael WR6-32098/16/1994ROhio State
 Thomas, Michael WR6-32098/16/1994ROhio State
55Tull, Davis OLB6-324011/12/19912Tennessee-Chattanooga
60Unger, Max C6-53054/14/19868Oregon
32Vaccaro, Kenny SS6-02142/15/19914Texas
96Virgil, Lawrence DT6-52901/20/19912Valdosta State
93Williams, Kevin (FA) DT6-53118/16/198014Oklahoma State
36Williams, P.J. CB6-01966/1/19932Florida State
24Wilson, Kyle (FA) DB5-101909/8/19877Boise State
 Witzmann, Bryan T6-73116/16/19902South Dakota State
 Wynn, Shane WR5-616711/15/19921Indiana
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
New Orleans6-5313.56-3288.726.12237
 
 
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Position Listing
Bobby Richardson
News
Saints DT Bobby Richardson made six tackles (two solo) in Sunday's win against the Cowboys.

Richardson, an undrafted rookie free agent out of Indiana, made his first career start in Week 4, after Akiem Hicks was traded mid-week to the Patriots.

While Richardson rotated playing time with another rookie, Tyler Davison, he was on the field for 38 of the Saints' 61 defensive snaps (62 percent), according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He made two tackles for a loss.

If Richardson can continue to hold down the starting gig, he could make an impact in deeper individual defensive player leagues.

Senio Kelemete
News
The Saints signed offensive lineman Senio Kelemete to a one-year contract extension on Monday.

Kelemete confirmed the news on his personal Twitter account, writing, "Just signed another 1 year deal with the @Saints #GloryToGod for the opportunity 2015 is my year!"

Kelemete appeared in 10 games for the Saints in 2014. Before this one-year extension, Kelemete was set to be an exclusive-rights free agent.

Tyeler Davison
No Updates
Brandin Cooks
News
Cooks caught five of six targets for 22 yards in Sunday's win over the Falcons.

Cooks entered Sunday's game posting 100-yard performances in three of his prior four games, the exception being another sub-30-yard dud. The young receiver swayed back and forth between brilliant performances and head-scratchers in 2015, tallying as many games under 40 yards receiving, four, as games with over 100 yards. Cooks still managed to give fantasy owners plenty to get excited about as the season progressed, however, accumulating eight touchdowns in the season's final nine games after scoring just once in the Saints' first seven contests. Sean Payton and Drew Brees' futures hang in the balance this off season, but Cooks should be the focal point of the offense next year no matter who is running the show.

Terron Armstead
News
Saints tackle Terron Armstead left practice early on Monday morning, per ESPN

The team didn't disclose the reason for Armstead's early departure and wouldn't confirm whether it was injury-related. 

Armstead watched the afternoon walk-through from the sideline but didn't participate. 

Kaleb Eulls
No Updates
Vick Ballard
News
Running back Vick Ballard (hamstring) reached an injury settlement with the Colts on Tuesday.

Ballard was placed on injured reserve for a third straight year, but he'll now have the opportunity to look for a new employer. He may draw a bit of interest once healthy, but Ballard is unlikely to make much of an impact this season.

Davis Tull
News
The Saints made a number of changes to their roster on Saturday, per ESPN.com.

Running back Tim Hightower and offensive lineman Mike McGlynn were cut. Linebacker Davis Tull, who is nursing a shoulder injury, was put on the injured reserve.

New Orleans also added safety Don Jones , wide receiver Seantavius Jones and fullback Toben Opurum to the active roster from the practice squad.

Alden Darby
News
The Chargers announced their final round of roster cuts on Saturday, paring their roster down to the required 53 for the regular season.

The following players were let go by San Diego: WR Vincent Brown, LB Victor Aiyewa, DT Chas Alecxih, WR Torrence Allen, CB Crezdon Butler, S Alden Darby, CB Greg Ducre, TE Mike Flacco, T Michael Harris , WR Javontee Herndon, OLB Thomas Keiser, DL Joe Kruger, OLB Cordarro Law, S Adrian Phillips, WR Tevin Reese, T Jeremiah Sirles, QB Brad Sorensen, OLB Colton Underwood, G Craig Watts, T Kenny Wiggins, C Khalil Wilkes and DL Doug Worthington.
Delvin Breaux
No Updates
James Anderson
News
Cowboys quarterback Dustin Vaughan, linebacker Keith Smith, linebacker James Anderson, tackle Doug Free, tackle Donald Hawkins, defensive end Kenneth Boatright and defensive tackle Terrell McClain were ruled inactive for Sunday's divisional playoff game at Green Bay.
Cyril Lemon
No Updates
Cameron Jordan
News
Jordan recently underwent a minor arthroscopic procedure on his lower back, ESPN.com reports.

Jordan carried a lingering back injury through most of last season, causing him to miss practice time over the course of the campaign. Still, the Pro Bowler managed to post 10 sacks in 2015, and is averaging exactly that many over his last three seasons. Despite his recent operation, Jordan is expected to make a full recovery in time for training camp.

Injury
Back - Probable for start of season
Brian Dixon
News
The Saints placed three players on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. 

Safety Jairus Byrd, wide receiver Marques Colston and defensive tackle Glenn Foster were all placed on PUP. Cornerback Brian Dixon was placed on the non-football injury list. 

Byrd is returning from a season ending knee injury. Colston has a non-disclosed injury. 

All four are still on the roster and can be activated at any time before the start of the season. 

Kyle Prater
No Updates
Griffin Neal
No Updates
Kendall Hunter
News
The Saints placed Hunter (undisclosed) on injured reserve Friday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Hunter came down with an unknown injury in Thursday's practice, which was serious enough to impact his Week 17 availability. Instead, the Saints will trust in Tim Hightower and Travaris Cadet to head the backfield in Sunday's season finale at Atlanta.

Nate Stupar
News
Stupar has signed with the Saints.

Stupar signed a three-year deal with the Saints after spending the past two seasons in Atlanta. Last year with the Falcons was the best campaign of Stupar's career, as he totaled 40 tackles and two passes defensed, and played a career high 24.5 percent of defensive snaps and 77.7 percent of special teams snaps. With the Saints he'll likely be a backup, behind James Laurinaitis and Stephone Anthony, and not relevant in any format.

Toben Opurum
News
The Saints reached a contract agreement with running back Tim Hightower on Monday, reports NOLA.com.

To make room for Hightower, the team parted ways with wide receiver Seantavius Jones. The team also waived fullback Toben Opurum and added OL Mike McGlynn.

Michael Mauti
News
The Vikings listed cornerback Shaun Prater, running back Jerick McKinnon, fullback Zach Line, linebacker Michael Mauti, linebacker Brandon Watts, guard David Yankey and tackle J’Marcus Webb as inactive for Week 13 against the Panthers.
Daniel Lasco
News
The Saints selected Lasco in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 237th overall.

Lasco is an interesting name in dynasty formats after torching the Combine, but he generally doesn't have the appearance of much more than a third-down sort of running back in the NFL. Even if he's more quick than fast, Lasco is a player to watch in training camp, as the Saints depth chart behind Mark Ingram is unsettled.

Vonn Bell
News
The Saints selected Bell in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 61st overall.

The Saints traded up with the Patriots to target Bell, so he must have been a coveted target. It's a slightly strange pick to make with Kenny Vaccaro and Jairus Byrd already present, but perhaps the durability issues of the latter forced the Saints to pursue better depth. Bell made 65 tackles and intercepted two passes for Ohio State in 2015.

Phillip Hunt
News
The Lions are on the verge of signing linebacker Phillip Hunt, reports ESPN.

Hunt spent three seasons with the Eagles and totaled 16 tackles. He did not play in the NFL during the 2014 season.

Obum Gwacham
News
The Seahawks have six of their eight draft picks under contract.

Picks that have signed are:

Fourth-round guard Terry Poole, fourth-round guard Mark Glowinski, sixth-round defensive end Obum Gwacham, fifth-round cornerback Tye Smith, sixth-round center Kristjan Sokoli and seventh-round safety Ryan Murphy.

The only picks yet to sign with the team are second-round defensive end Frank Clark and third-round receiver Tyler Lockett.

Travaris Cadet
News
Cadet has agreed to a one-year deal with the Saints, ESPN's Mike Triplett reports.

A passing-down specialist, Cadet was released by the Patriots and 49ers during the 2015 season, eventually landing back in New Orleans where he spent the first three seasons of his career. He may compete for a third-down role, but he's unlikely to be a featured part of the Saints offense.

Tim Hightower
News
Hightower rushed for 66 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries and added 41 yards on five catches in Sunday's win over Atlanta.

Prior to November, Hightower hadn't played in a competitive football game since 2011. After the kind of production he put together to close the season, there may be plenty more games in his future. Hightower averaged 114 total yards and a touchdown during the season's final four games for a Saints backfield riddled by injuries. Hightower will be 30 by the start of the 2016 season, but his ability to pound the line of scrimmage and catch the ball out of the backfield should be good enough to earn him a supporting role next season.

Garrett Grayson
News
Last year as a senior at Colorado State, Saints 2015 third-round draft pick Garrett Grayson received some vital words of wisdom from his idol, helping him become the 75th pick in the draft. The quarterback had been invited to participate in the annual Manning Passing Academy in Louisiana. It was there that he got to watch Peyton Manning perform drills and answer questions.

“We got to sit down in a room with him and Eli and just talk football, how they prepare for the game, what they’re looking for in defenses. So that was something I learned from, just to kind of be around him and see how he approaches everything, that meant a ton,” Grayson said, per ESPN.com. “You always hear about what a perfectionist he is, how seriously he takes every single drill. So to get to meet him and be around him and see that in person, I kind of learned from that and took that back.

“Looking back on my senior year, that’s another thing why I had so much success, because I wasn’t taking things like even a simple three-step drop for [granted]. I was serious with everything I did. So I’m definitely thankful for that opportunity.”

Jairus Byrd
News
Byrd made seven tackles (four solo) and had an interception in Sunday's loss to the Texans.

Remarkably, the interception was Byrd's first in two injury-plagued seasons in New Orleans. Byrd has also recently picked up his game in other areas, making a combined 22 tackles (15 solo) in his last three games. Keep in mind that strong safety Kenny Vaccaro primarily plays near the line of scrimmage, while Byrd plays much deeper at free safety, but Byrd is slowly becoming an option in deeper IDP leagues.

Kevin Williams
News
The Saints were busy making personnel changes on Friday. The team signed defensive tackle Kevin Williams and waived rookie tight end Harold Spears, per The Times-Picayune.

Williams, a six-time Pro Bowler, signed a one-year deal with the Saints. He's played in 187 games over the last 12 years, and started eight games last season while recording 30 tackles and three sacks.

Spears caught 56 passes for 838 yards and four touchdowns as a senior at New Hampshire last year.

Mike McGlynn
News
The Saints made a number of changes to their roster on Saturday, per ESPN.com.

Running back Tim Hightower and offensive lineman Mike McGlynn were cut. Linebacker Davis Tull, who is nursing a shoulder injury, was put on the injured reserve.

New Orleans also added safety Don Jones , wide receiver Seantavius Jones and fullback Toben Opurum to the active roster from the practice squad.

Drew Brees
News
The agent for Brees (foot) and Saints' general manager Mickey Loomis have talked about a contract extension, which head coach Sean Payton thinks "will get done very easily," reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Brees' contract is not set to expire until 2017, but an extension would permit the team to lower his huge salary cap number and presumably allow the Saints to be more active in free agency. Further reading between the lines, the fact that there has been no recent mention of the torn plantar fascia he suffered at the end of last season is likely a good sign for Brees' offseason prognosis. As such, there is little reason to believe that Brees will not be healthy and ready for action when official offseason training activities begin later this spring.

Injury
Foot - Probable for start of season
Ashaad Mabry
News
The Saints will release safety Kenny Phillips and defensive tackle Ashaad Mabry, according to ESPN.com.
C.J. Spiller
News
Spiller (leg) gained 112 yards on 36 carries and 239 yards on 34 receptions in 13 games in his first season with the Saints.

2015 was an unmitigated disaster for Spiller, as he failed to meet fantasy owners' high expectations after signing with the Saints this offseason. Rather than serving as the Saints' backfield pass-catching option, a la Reggie Bush or Darren Sproles, Spiller missed nearly all of training camp following arthroscopic knee surgery and struggled to earn playing time after he returned to health. Spiller is still under contract for another three years, but with Mark Ingram emerging as a receiver and Tim Hightower exploding back onto the NFL scene, not to mention the possible return of Khiry Robinson, Spiller will likely enter a crowded Saints' backfield in 2016.

Injury
Leg - Probable for start of season
RaShaun Allen
News
The Seahawks have signed 11 players to future contracts, the team announced Wednesday.

Running back Demitrius Bronson, wide receiver Douglas McNeil, tight end RaShaun Allen, tackle Justin Renfrow, guards Nate Isles and Drew Nowak, defensive ends Ryan Robinson and Julius Warmsley, defensive tackle Jimmy Staten, linebacker Mike Zimmer and safety Dion Bailey will look to compete for spots on the final 53-man roster in 2015.

Jack Tabb
News
The Saints signed free agent tight end Alex Smith after Friday's practice, ESPN reported. 

Smith is a 10-year veteran who played with Cincinnati last season. 

Smith will replace rookie Jack Tabb, who appeared to suffer a leg injury at Thursday's practice. Tabb was waived/injured. 

Brandon Coleman
News
The Saints drafted former Ohio State wide receiver Michael Thomas in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, and according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Thomas may be in line for immediate playing time.

Prior to the draft, Coleman was presumed to be the front-runner for the Saints No. 3 wide receiver job, but the addition of Thomas casts some doubt on that notion. Although not quite the same size as Coleman - to be fair, at 6'6, not many are - Thomas is likewise a big target at 6-foot-3, 212 pounds. With Marques Colston no longer in New Orleans, Coleman and Thomas will likely duke it out during the preseason for playing time behind Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead.

Tony Carter
News
The Broncos tendered restricted free agent cornerback Tony Carter, enabling Denver to match any offer he receives, reports the team's website. Playing in eight games last season, Carter had five tackles and one pass knocked down.

His season highlight came against the Raiders when he recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown.

Josh Hill
News
Hill will remain with the Saints after the team exercised its right of first refusal on the offer sheet he signed with the Bears.

Hill signed a three-year offer sheet with the Bears earlier this week, but will remain in New Orleans now that the Saints have matched that deal. Entering his fourth season, Hill recorded a career-best 16 catches (on 30 targets) for 120 yards and two touchdowns last season, but his role will likely remain somewhat restricted given the presence of fellow tight ends Coby Fleener and Michael Hoomanawanui this season.

Nick Fairley
News
Fairley will sign a one-year contract with the Saints, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Fairley also visited the Patriots as a free agent, but apparently has decided to play for the Saints this coming season. In a situational role last year, Fairley managed only 29 tackles and 0.5 sacks for the Rams, but should enjoy a more expanded snap count with the Saints given their interior defensive line needs.

Michael Thomas
No Updates
Austin Johnson
News
The Saints signed Johnson on Wednesday, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Johnson has jumped between the Saints' 53-man roster and practice squad over the past three seasons, but in 17 appearances between 2014 and 2015, he totaled 12 carries for 31 yards and seven receptions (on 10 targets) for 45 yards. At the outset of the offseason, he'll be measuring himself against fellow fullback Toben Opurum.

Zach Strief
News
Despite drafting Stanford tackle Andrus Peat in the first round, Saints coach Sean Payton doesn't see him competing for a starting spot. 

"I don’t see that initially," Payton said, per Saints.com.

The Saints have veterans Zach Strief and Terron Armstead at the two tackle spots. 

"Terron and Zach we feel are ones of veteran experience," Payton said. "One’s a tremendous leader for us at right tackle and one’s a real sharp and talented left tackle. Andrus will come in and I’m sure we’ll give him reps at both positions."

Moving Peat to guard isn't an option. "I don’t see that. He’s a tackle," Payton said. 

Kyle Wilson
News
The Saints agreed to terms with cornerback Kyle Wilson on Wednesday, the team announced.

Details of the contract were not disclosed. Wilson spent the last five seasons playing for the Jets. In 2014, he totaled 26 tackles and one sack. He has three career interceptions.

Shane Wynn
News
The Browns were awarded wide receiver Shane Wynn via waivers from the Falcons on Friday, the team announced.

Wynn, an undrafted free agent, spent the offseason with the Falcons before being placed on waivers.

Craig Robertson
News
Robertson has signed a three-year contract with the Saints.

Robertson registered at least 85 tackles in each of his first three NFL seasons, but managed just 59 last season due to playing only 12 games. Nonetheless, he represents an experienced linebacker that should add dependability to the Saints' linebacking corp going forward.

Damian Swann
News
Rookie cornerback Damian Swann has signed a four-year deal with the Saints, per the Baltimore Sun. It's worth $2.464 million.

The signing of the fifth-rounder leaves all New Orleans draftees in the fold aside from Andrus Peat.

Tim Lelito
News
Saints coach Sean Payton said at the annual NFL meeting that he doesn't think the moves the team has made this offseason have opened any holes in the starting lineup, indicating specifically that Tim Lelito would join Jahri Evans as the team's starting guards after the departure of Ben Grubbs, Saints.com reports.

"Those aren’t holes," Payton said about losing Grubbs and middle linebacker Curtis Lofton. "We’re not moving a player if we feel like there’s no…we feel like we have a pretty good idea of how everything is lining up. We’ve got a center we know that starts in this NFL, we’ve got a guard, (Tim) Lelito will play left guard, Jahri Evans is the right guard. The same way at receiver. So we weren’t looking to make a move that created another 'must'."

Lelito played 294 snaps on offense last season, per Pro Football Focus, and graded out positively as a run blocker and negatively as a pass blocker.  He was an undrafted free agent out of Grand Valley State in 2013.

Justin Drescher
No Updates
P.J. Williams
News
The Saints placed cornerback P.J. Williams on injured reserve, reports NFL.com. Williams will miss the rest of the season after tearing his hamstring. He was a third-round pick in 2015.
Injury
Hamstring - Probable for start of season
Stephone Anthony
News
Anthony started every game last season, but it is uncertain how the signing of James Laurinaitis will effect him, reports Mike Triplett of ESPN.com.

Anthony ranked 20th in the NFL with 112 tackles in 2016, but the Saints made it a priority this offseason to bring in an experienced "quarterback of the defense" type like Laurinaitis, who is expected to be the Saints' starting middle linebacker. If Laurinaitis is indeed named the starter, Anthony's fantasy value would potentially take a significant hit, though it is still unclear whether the Saints plan to use use Laurinaitis on an every-down basis or if Anthony could move to the strongside linebacker position. Further, it's also possible that the Saints could switch back to a 3-4 defensive alignment, which would permit both Anthony and Laurinaitis to both start at middle linebacker. Regardless, in the short term, Anthony's once-dependable IDP value is on much shakier footing.

Erik Harris
No Updates
Michael Hoomanawanui
News
The Saints and Hoomanawanui agreed to a three-year contract Tuesday, Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports.

Hoomanawanui landed in New Orleans via a trade with the Patriots in late September, but the box score was barely impacted, aside from the occasional touchdown, over the Saints' final 12 games. In the end, he notched 11 receptions (on 16 targets) for 76 yards and three TDs, a stat line that could be elevated next season depending on the respective free agencies of tight ends Ben Watson and Josh Hill.

Jamarca Sanford
News
Sanford agreed to terms on a one-year deal to rejoin the Saints, NFL Network's Rand Getlin reports.

Sanford started 41 games for the Vikings from 2011 to 2013, but he's mostly just been a backup and special teams contributor with New Orleans the past two seasons. He may have to compete for a spot on the roster, as Jairus Byrd and Kenny Vaccaro are locked in as the starting safeties.

R.J. Harris
No Updates
Reggie Bell
No Updates
Bryan Witzmann
No Updates
Mark Ingram
News
The Saints restructured Ingram's (shoulder) contract Wednesday, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

Ingram parlayed a career-high 964 rushing yards and nine touchdowns in 2014 into a four-year contract last March. On pace to break those marks this past season, he played through a shoulder concern in Weeks 12 and 13, before the Saints discovered that a torn left rotator cuff was to blame. Surgery was quickly ordered up, ending his season with 769 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. He further expanded his game, though, with career bests in receptions (50) and receiving yards (405). Following the adjustment to his contract, a portion has been tabbed as a signing bonus, with the remaining to be spread across the years left on the deal.

Injury
Shoulder - Probable for start of season
Michael Thomas
No Updates
Josh Scobee
News
The Saints have added Scobee to the mix, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

With Kai Forbath, who finished the 2015 season as the Saints' kicker, set to become an unrestricted free agent later this week, Scobee will be the only kicker under contract with the team. That said, the report suggests that the Saints plan to bring in some competition for Scobee, so he's hardly a lock to secure the team's kicking job for 2016.

Chris Owens
News
Owens will sign with the Saints, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.

Owens was most recently with the Lions, where he was eventually placed on IR only to be released in late-October. The defense back most recently saw playing time with the Chiefs in 2014, where he accumulated 33 combined tackles over 11 games.

Kai Forbath
News
The Saints have re-signed Forbath to a one-year deal, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Forbath returns to the fold, but he's slated to face some competition this summer, with veteran kicker Josh Scobee having recently inked a deal with the Saints.

Marcus Murphy
News
Murphy (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

The Saints' backfield has taken hits in quick session over the last week, with Murphy joining Mark Ingram (shoulder) and Khiry Robinson (leg) on injured reserve. While Murphy had just one carry in his rookie season, he served as the Saints' primary returner, racking up 25.0 yards per kickoff return and 9.3 yards per punt return. In his stead, C.J. Spiller will likely take on a portion of those duties.

Injury
Ankle - Probable for start of season
Tony Hills
News
The Panthers signed two offensive linemen and released a running back to get their roster to 90 players on Tuesday. 

The Panthers signed Tony Hills and Davonte Wallace and released Darrin Reaves.

Hills played for Dallas last season, while Wallace spent time with Miami. Reaves rushed for 78 yards last year. 

James Laurinaitis
News
Laurinaitis has agreed to a deal with the Saints, Rand Getlin of NFL.com reports.

Laurinaitis recorded at least 100 tackles in three of his first four seasons, but he hasn't managed above 85 since 2013, and he set a career low with 60 tackles in 16 starts in 2015 for the Rams. He's not the dynamic linebacker he was when he came into the league, but the Saints have been weak at the position in recent years and Laurinaitis will likely get a chance to start.

Chris Manhertz
No Updates
David Onyemata
No Updates
Willie Snead
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Snead snatched three of four targets for 35 yards in Sunday's win over Atlanta.

Snead entered Sunday posting 70 or more yards in five of his previous seven games, but ended the season on a low note. The young receiver found ways of picking up yards in chunks this season, ranking 22nd in the league with 15 receptions of 20 or more yards despite tallying the fourth fewest receptions of anyone in the top 25. Snead finished the year with a solid 984 yards, but will need to score more to become a more dependable fantasy starter. Snead sported scoreless streaks of seven and five games this season.

Sheldon Rankins
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The Saints selected Rankins in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 12th overall.

The NFL normally doesn't have much appreciation for 6-foot-1 defensive tackles under 300 pounds, but Rankins is an exception. Rankins was one of the top defenders on a tough Louisville defense the last two years, and he showed rare lower-body explosiveness with excellent vertical (34.5-inch) and broad jump (118-inch) numbers. The Saints should get good returns from Rankins both in run defense and the pass rush, with Rankins ideally turning into a Geno Atkins-like presence.

Kenny Vaccaro
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The Saints picked up Vaccaro's fifth-year option for the 2017 season Tuesday, Albert Breer of NFL Network reports.

Vaccaro has been a steady presence in the Saints' secondary since he was selected in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, but after hovering around the 75-tackle mark in both of his first two seasons, he joined 11 other defensive backs with triple-digit stops in 2015. He augmented his elevated tackle count with a career-high three sacks, while also contributing to the turnover game exactly twice for the third time in as many campaigns. Under the guidelines of the NFL's CBA, his salary in 2017 will be the average of the third through 25th highest-paid safeties, according to Evan Woodbery of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Luke McCown
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The Saints and McCown agreed to a two-year, $3 million contract Thursday, Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports.

McCown was pressed into action in Week 3 due to an absent Drew Brees (foot), touching up the Panthers for 310 yards but no touchdowns and one interception. Thereafter, McCown completed his only other pass of the year before requiring season-ending back surgery in early November. With a deal in hand, the 35-year-old will continue to serve as insurance for Brees, who is two years McCown's senior.

Austin Brown
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The Texans waived or released the following players: running back William Powell, linebackers Terrance Lloyd and Lawrence Sidbury, nose tackles David Hunter and Austin Brown, cornerback Junior Mertile, guard Sam Longo and receivers Joe Adams and Alec Lemon.
Andrus Peat
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The Saints agreed to terms on a contract with first-round draft pick Andrus Peat , GM Mickey Loomis announced on Thursday, per the team's web site

Peat was the 13th overall pick in the draft, out of Stanford. The offensive lineman agreed to a four-year deal. 

John Jenkins
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The Saints announced a pair of roster moves on Saturday. The team elevated quarterback Ryan Griffin to the 53-man active roster and placed nose tackle John Jenkins on injured reserve with an abdominal injury.

Jenkins registered 30 combined tackles and a sack in 12 games played.

Hau'oli Kikaha
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Kikaha (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Texans.

Kikaha, who ranks second on the Saints with four sacks, will reclaim his starting spot on the outside after the Saints' recent bye week afforded him enough time to recover from the ankle ailment.

Thomas Morstead
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Coby Fleener
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Fleener has signed a five-year deal with the Saints.

Fleener, who caught 54 passes for 491 yards and three TDs with the Colts in 2015, will now have a chance to work in coach Sean Payton's offense, with Drew Brees at quarterback, a scenario that should boost the tight end's fantasy prospects in 2016.

Lawrence Virgil
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The Saints have ruled the following players inactive for Sunday's game against the Falcons: Seantavius Jones, Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Jamarca Sanford, Travaris Cadet, Moises Fokou, Lawrence Virgil and Terron Armstead.
Matt Flynn
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Flynn is active for Sunday's game against the Texans.

Meanwhile, rookie Garrett Grayson is listed as inactive, meaning that Flynn is now locked in as the top backup behind Drew Brees.

Brandon Dixon
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Buccaneers running backs Doug Martin (ankle) and Charles Sims (ankle) headline the Week 9 inactives for Sunday in Cleveland. Also injured and out are linebacker Brandon Magee (knee) and tackle Anthony Collins (foot).

The healthy scratches are cornerback Brandon Dixon and guard Kadeem Edwards.

Marques Colston
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The Saints have terminated Colston's contract with a "failed physical" designation, NFL Network's Albert Breer reports.

The move was expected, though as long as Colston can re-establish his health this offseason, he'll look to catch on elsewhere with a team looking to add some veteran depth at wideout. He's coming off his least productive NFL season, having caught just 45 passes for 520 yards and four TDs in 13 games in 2015, but in the right landing spot, we suppose that Colston -- who turns 33 in June -- could attain a level of fantasy utility in 2016.

Max Unger
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The Saints have traded tight end Jimmy Graham to the Seahawks in exchange for Max Unger and a Seattle first-round draft pick, the teams announced Tuesday. New Orleans will also part ways with their fourth-round selection. The trade is contingent on the players passing physicals.

The Saints called rival executives to shop many of their players recently, including their star tight end, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL Media on Tuesday. Graham had his $2.9 million base salary and $5 million roster bonus for the 2015 season become guaranteed last week.

Graham, 28, had 85 catches for 889 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2014, all while fighting off a shoulder injury for most of the season. Over his first five seasons with the Saints, Graham has registered 4,752 yards and 51 touchdowns. Since 2010, only Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (41) has more red zone touchdowns than Graham (40).

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Dannell Ellerbe
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Ellerbe and the Saints agreed to a restructured contract, ESPN's Field Yates reports.

Ellerbe signed a five-year, $35 contract with the Dolphins in 2013, then was traded to the Saints in March 2015. He's mostly been effective when healthy, but with just seven games played over the last two seasons, it was inevitable that he'd either accept a pay cut or be released. The Saints presumably have him penciled in as a starter for 2016.

Kasim Edebali
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Keenan Lewis
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Lewis underwent hip surgery Monday, The New Orleans Advocate reports.

Lewis was placed on season-ending injured reserve recently due to hip and knee complications, and had surgery on his hip labrum Monday to correct that ailment. The veteran will now aim to get healthy ahead of next season, while the Saints' porous defense tries to at least finish this season respectfully.

Injury
Knee - Probable for start of season
 
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